And the winner is… The most borrowed items from Libraries ACT in 2018

Released 07/01/2019

Drum-roll please. The results for Libraries ACT 2018 Most Requested Book of the Year are in, and the winner is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F---: A counterintuitive approach to living a good life by Mark Manson.

Around 2.6 million items are borrowed each year from ACT public libraries by Canberrans. This demonstrates the continued relevance of our local libraries to our community and as an integral part of the everyday lives of Canberrans whether it be for lifelong learning or entertainment.

“This is the second year The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--- has made the top five, moving up two places from third in 2017,” Director, Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little said.

“Library members have demonstrated a continuing interest in non-fiction titles for a third year running, with self-help books, memoirs and travel books comprising all five of the top five requested books.

The most requested books (fiction and non-fiction) in 2018 were:

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F---: A counterintuitive approach to living a good life byMark Manson
  2. The Barefoot Investor: The only money guide you'll ever need byScott Pape
  3. 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote For Chaos byJordan Peterson
  4. The Trauma Cleaner: One woman’s extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster bySarah Krasnostein
  5. Saga Land by Richard FidlerandKári Gíslason

In the category of Most Borrowed DVDs, Canberrans favoured fiction over non-fiction with a particular interest in movies based on books or comics, with four of the top five being adaptations.

The most requested DVDs in 2018 were:

  1. Big Little Lies
  2. The Crown: The Complete First Season
  3. Paddington 2
  4. Thor Ragnarok
  5. Blade Runner 2049

Popular themes through the most requested items were crime/mystery, self-help/lifestyle, domestic fiction, biography/memoir and adaptations.

The most requested in other categories included: Gut by Guila Enders (eBook), Here We Are: Notes for living on planet earth by Oliver Jeffers (picture book), Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (adult fiction), Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (junior fiction), and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (young adult fiction).

“Reading is the perfect leisure activity to turn to all throughout the year, including during the holidays. I encourage all Canberrans to visit their local library and discover the many resources on offer,” Ms Little said.

“Members can access music downloads, eBooks, digital magazines and newspapers, eAudio books and much more.”

For more information on Libraries ACT and to see the full lists of books requested in 2017 and suggested books for 2018, visit

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